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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of December 15, 1977 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

President Carter says he personally will relay any fair and balanced Mideast peace proposals from Israeli Prime Minister Menahem Begin directly to Egyptian President Anwar Sadat. “I think I know in general terms what would be acceptable to President Sadat,’ said Carter. 

Egyptian President  Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menahem Begin will meet Christmas day in Ismailia on the Suez Canal for their second round of direct talks on Middle East peace.

Menachem Begin says that Israel is prepared to offer “autonomy” and “self-rule” to the Palestinians of the Gaza Strip and West Bank territories occupied by Israel since 1967.

President Carter says that the U.S. would defend the sagging dollar by taking strong action to stimulate exports and reduce the country’s dependence on foreign oil. 

President Carter, saying bribery “ethically repugnant and competitively unnecessary,” signs legislation calling for $1 million fines against any corporation that pays off foreign officials to obtain business.

Former President Gerald Ford says the American public “damn well needs a tax reduction,” and added the cut should be bigger and more generous to the middle class than President Carter is planning. 

President Carter and his family arrive in Georgia for a down-home Christmas. But wait.

President Carter stayed home as striking Georgia farmers rolled up their pickup trucks and tractors into downtown Plains, but he invited a delegation to visit him on Saturday. 

Thomas Helms of Hawaii – jumps from the 86th floor of the Empire State Building in an attempt to kill himself, but landed on a ledge 15 feet below. He then changed his mind and crawled inside.

Mayor Abraham Beame of New York apples to Congress to renew the emergency federal loan program for his city and allow the government’s aid to end gradually rather than lapse completely next year.

A narcotics mob called the Purple Gang, believed responsible for at least 17 millings, has emerged as New York City’s sixth organized crime family law enforcement officials confirm.

Although refusing to admit any wrongdoing, General Motors agrees to a $40 million settlement with 44 states in a nationwide controversy over engine switching in 1977 model cars.


Sports news – December 15, 1977

Celebrating her 23rd birthday this week, Chris Evert and denies she is engaged to Jimmy Connors: “We have a great time together and it’s a good relationship, not a casual fling.” We haven’t stopped seeing each other in six years but I’m so afraid of marriage these days. Very few seem to work, at least those I’m surrounded by.”

Oilman Marvin Davis purchases the Oakland A’s from Charles O. Finley. The price was reported to be $12.5 million. 

Walter Payton needed 199 years to make history – but he settled for 47.The Chicago Bears’ running back was trying to break O.J. Simpson’s single-season National Football League rushing record of 2003 yards, but the sleet-soaked conditions of Giants Stadium made the goal almost impossible from the start. But the Bears beat the Giants – 12-9 and put them in the playoffs for the first time in 14 years.

Music news – December 15, 1977

Singer Bob Dylan’s former wife, Sarah, is arraigned in Malibu Municipal Court – pleading innocent on charges she punched and choked a schoolteacher. Police say the charges stem from her alleged invasion of an elementary school to take custody of her four children on November 8.

Seen at Studio 54 in New York – Caroline Kennedy with an unidentified partner.


Entertainment/Celebrity news – December 15, 1977

Actress Linda Blair (18), who played the child possessed by the devil in the movie “The Exorcist,” is arrested at her home in Wilton, CT on a Florida indictment involving widespread alleged cocaine sales.

Sylvester Stallone will make his directing debut in the upcoming “Paradise Alley” – based on his recently published first novel.

Passing -  Actor Cyril Ritchard (80) – best known for his portrayal of Captain Hook.


Television news – December 15, 1977

Raymond Burr, now 60  - says he’s still busy, despite the fact is last series failed. “Kingston: Confidential – in which Burr played an investigative reporter – lasted only 13 episodes. The series was Burr’s idea, but – according to the actor – “We never had the scripts and never came near the concept I had in mind when we started.”

Bob Hope Christmas Comedy Special starring Olivia Newton John, Perry Como, Mark Hamill, Jim Henson’s Muppets and the AP All America Football Team.


Sunday night television listings/programs/TV guide – December 15, 1977

CBS – Fat Albert Christmas Special, Tiny Tree, 60 Minutes, All in the Family, Alice, Carol Burnett

NBC – The Nutcracker, Father Knows Best Home Form Christmas, Dean Martin’s Christmas In California.

ABC – Hardy Boys/Nancy  Drew, Six Million Dollar Man, Movie


The Nutcracker – Mrs. Betty Ford hosts.

Father Knows Best Christmas – Margaret and Jim Anderson, preparing for Christmas, realize the house is just too big, until the children and their children arrive.

Dean Martin Christmas in California – With Jonathan Winters, Gabriel Melgar, Crystal Gayle, Linda Lavin and Mireille Mathieu.


Top movies – December 15, 1977

The Turning Point

The Gauntlet

Saturday Night Fever



Walt Disney’s Pete’s Dragon

Looking For Mr. Goodbar

First Love

Star Wars

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